John Carver

Born: 16th January, 1965
Playing career: Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Gateshead 

Assistant manager Carver began his playing career with Newcastle United in the early 1980s, moving on to Cardiff City in 1985.

After a handful of appearances at Ninian Park, the left-back then returned north to sign for Gateshead two years later and was a mainstay of the Heed side until 1990, racking up more than a century of games for the Tynesiders.

Carver was first appointed as Newcastle United assistant manager in 1999, working alongside the late, great Sir Bobby Robson.

He remained an integral part of the backroom staff throughout the Club's European adventures of 2002/03 and 2003/04. After Robson's departure, Carver led United to a 3-0 win at Blackburn Rovers as caretaker-manager before departing in September 2004.

The following year he was appointed first team coach at Leeds United, and also enjoyed spells as both assistant manager and caretaker-manager at Elland Road.

After a brief stint at Luton Town, Carver became head coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in 2008 but returned to the English game the following year as assistant manager of Plymouth Argyle.

A spell as first team coach at Gary Speed's Sheffield United followed - along with another caretaker-manager role - before he returned to St. James' Park in January 2011 as Alan Pardew's right-hand man.